Despite initially forming in 2000 and developing a cult following in their native Sweden, it was the reformed Crashdïet of 2002 onwards that have achieved global success. Constructed by the tragic vocalist Dave Lepard, Rest In Sleaze (2005) gained universal attention but 2006 saw the sad loss of Lepard. The legacy continued with the support of the Lepard family and the addition of H. Olliver Twisted (Reckless Love) in 2007. 2009 saw Simon Cruz fill the shoes of Twisted for the release of 2010’s Generation Wild and The Savage Playground (2013). December 2017 saw Crashdïet announce a new single, We Are The Legion with the astonishing Gabriel Keyes as the latest lead singer, the single Reptile was released over a year later and now, finally, Rust! A full length album with a further nine tracks, believe me when I say this has been worth waiting for.
The album was produced by founder member/guitarist Martin Sweet (apart from two tracks produced by Eric Bazilian and Chris Laney) and mixed by Chris Laney, who previously worked with the group on their critically acclaimed 2005 debut, ‘Rest In Sleaze’.
Commencing with the title track, Rust with its groovy bass-slapping and hints of Dr. Feelgood before going full rock camembert with Bon Jovi, Led Zeppelin, WASP and Skid Row smatterings. It made me laugh out loud, with joy. It’s a great track, perhaps leaning a little into Steel Panther territory, but that I can live with. As an album opener it sets the tone fantastically, for a long term fan that had not heard the previous single releases- this could be a head scratcher. But persevere!
Into The Wild is punchier, but lacking the cheeky nods of the previous track thankfully. As such, kick back and delight in an album that could have easily dropped in the late 80’s. Rhythmical, tight and upbeat with an unique and unexpected bridge. It’s a damn good track.
Idiots was released three months ago and the video is ‘a tribute to the best movies ever made, according to the band’s cinematic opinion’. A true homage to metal, rather than a parody. It truly has to be seen.
With more than a few passing nods to the Penelope Spheeris’ directed The Decline of Western Civilisation Part II: The Metal Years (Chris Holmes W.A.S.P in the pool/ Ozzy in the kitchen), Wayne’s World and Spinal Tap moments (which Spheeris turned down). There’s reference to the Judas Priest: Heavy Metal parking Lot and even some classic G’n R posturing. It’s a great, harder edged sleazy track, leaning more towards old school LA Guns (melodically and in structure, not lyrically) with a powerful breakdown at the end. Let me know what classic scenes I missed!
Gently we are led In The Maze a rousing ballad which demonstrates a greater maturity and the depth of Keyes vocals. We Are The Legion was the first single released, almost two years ago (which is an impressive lead time!) and it’s a crunchy, punk tinged, early Skid Row styled stomper of a track. We are the religion of our time, so let us stand our ground.
Crazy is a high octane party tune, while Parasite increases the aggression in a track that oozes vintage 80’s metal nostalgia with crisp modern production. Waiting For Your Love drops the pace and increases the melancholia for a synth led and very European track which is a phenomenal showcase for the vocals of Keyes. The poignancy is somewhat lost by the sci-fi/ spacey effects which in my opinion elevates the track.
Reptile hits with a Motorhead style entrance and a rousing chorus, bass driven and euphoric. I cannot wait to see how this transposes live as it undulates and lures beyond comfort. Stop Weirding Me Out, despite a title that grated with me a little (I guess it has been said to me a lot) is actually a blinding slab of zealous positivity concerning the end of a relationship. Empowering and epic fun. The album closes with the gentle, but crushing intensity of Filth & Flowers which channels more NWOBHM vibes. Melodic, inherently catchy, with its inbuilt nods to familiar classics without outright plagiarising. It’s far cleverer than the sum of its parts, Crashdïet have delivered an album that rises above the turmoil and despondency of these current times. While we live and breathe, we can still party, right? Rust is not reinventing the wheel, but it has certainly greased the motor of sleaze. Let’s get this train a-rollin, all aboard? I’ll meet you at the station..
Rust will be released September 13th and can be pre-ordered here
- Into The Wild
- In The Maze
- We Are The Legion
- Waiting For Your Love
- Stop Weirding Me Out
- Filth & Flowers
02.10.19 Bastards Club – Osnabrück, Germany
03.10.19 MTC club – Cologne, Germany
04.10.19 Little Devil – Tilburg, Netherlands
05.10.19 De Verlichte Geest – Roeselare, Belgium
06.10.19 Nachtleben – Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
08.10.19 Kufa Kofmehl – Solothurn, Switzerland
09.10.19 Legend Club – Milano, Italy
10.10.19 Orto Bar Ljubljana – Ljubljana, Slovenia
11.10.19 Backstage Concerts GmbH – Munich, Germany
12.10.19 Paunchy Cats – Lichtenfels, Germany
13.10.19 Bahnhof Pauli – Hamburg, Germany
18.10.19 Ravintola Klubi – Tampere, Finland
19.10.19 On the Rocks – Helsinki, Finland
23.11.19 Vulkan, Oslo, Norway
30.11.19 H.E.A.T festival, Ludwigsburg, DE
01.12.19 Rock City, Nottingham, U.K *
03.12.19 Engine Rooms, Southampton, U.K *
04.12.19 Tramshed, Cardiff, U.K *
07.12.19 Winter Rocks, Sheffield, U.K *
08.12.19 The Mill, Birmingham, U.K *
21.12.19 Rock House Club, Moscow, RU
* supporting Skid Row
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